21 November 2018
  • It is lamentably likely that the erosion of the HKSAR government’s autonomy will reach a new low under Carrie Lam. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s the point of elections?

    - Jun 16, 2017 6:00pm
    Dramatic election upsets have been occurring all over the place, most recently in Britain where an overconfident prime minister called a snap election in the hope of humiliating the opposition but ended up being humiliated herself....
  • China's ruling Communist Party has a great interest in getting Hong Kong's education system to serve its interests. Photos: Bloomberg, GovHK

    Why is the education bureau coy about talks in Beijing?

    - Jun 2, 2017 6:00pm
    The Secretary for Education Eddie Ng has, yet again, been to Beijing, this time with a posse of local university chiefs who have signed up for alliance with mainland universities in the Chinese capital. At least...
  • Wrong side: (From left) Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen and legislators Priscilla Leung and Junius Ho are opposing a court ruling that would enhance the rights of LGBT people. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ

    Standing on the side of bigotry

    - May 26, 2017 6:01pm
    The Hong Kong government has, not for the first time, chosen to stand on the wrong side of history by trying to overturn a rather modest court ruling that would enhance the rights of lesbian, gay,...
  • Holden Chow finally agreed to step down from the Legco committee investigating the UGL affair, but insisted he had done nothing wrong. Photo: HKEJ

    Is he Idiot of the Year or merely Idiot of the Week?

    - May 19, 2017 6:00pm
    There really is only one real question: Is legislator Holden Chow Ho-ding Idiot of the Week or Idiot of the Year? Mr. Chow is clearly an ambitious fellow and has worked out that the best way...
  • Zhang Dejiang (inset) felt it safe enough to visit the Macau legislature, something he would not do in Hong Kong, during his recent visit to the enclave. Photos: CNSA, Xinhua

    Why oh why can’t Hong Kong be more like Macau?

    - May 12, 2017 6:00pm
    If only it were so, we could have what is basically a one-industry economy. We could become a key center for criminal gangs that thrive on the edges of the gambling business. We could boost the...
  • With Carrie Lam just weeks away from being installed chief executive, the usual suspects are buzzing about a 'middle way'. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong’s ‘useful idiots’ prepare for Carrie

    - May 5, 2017 4:30pm
    It is now a matter of no more than weeks before the new administration of Carrie Lam will be installed and, yet again, the usual suspects are buzzing around expressing their hopes for the new chief...
  • Only 12 of the trucks chosen to take part in the scheme have actually got off the ground. Photo: HKEJ

    Food trucks: A bureaucrat’s dream that’s failed

    - Apr 21, 2017 6:30pm
    It comes as absolutely no surprise to learn that the government’s absurd food trucks scheme is unraveling just two months after its less than stellar launch. Its demise was predicted by myself and others before the...
  • The death and injury toll on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the most public face of Hong Kong’s unusually high level of industrial accidents compared with other jurisdictions. Photo: Xinhua

    How many more people have to die for the sake of a bridge?

    - Apr 14, 2017 6:30pm
    Hong Kong construction workers are calling it the “bridge of death” and refusing to work there but the chief bureaucrat who is supposed to be ensuring workers’ safety is busy turning away from the problem and...
  • Souvenirs for the 20th anniversary of the handover. An elderly man (inset) picks up carton boxes on the street. The handover anniversary is many things to many people. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/HKSAR20

    Spending and brown-nosing – the perfect combination

    - Apr 7, 2017 6:30pm
    The government is planning to spend about HK$690 millon on celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This includes a mind-blowing allocation of HK$50 million for providing hospitality for state leaders (who will...
  • Carrie Lam denied prior knowledge of the arrests of democracy activists following her election but said these were justified. Photo: HKEJ

    After the ‘election’ – what next?

    - Mar 31, 2017 6:30pm
    “Give Carrie a chance”, wail the usual suspects. Why, the poor woman has not even set foot in office and her critics are sharpening their knives, my-oh-my it’s so unfair. Except that it isn’t. The wailers...
  • Carrie Lam has failed to win the hearts and minds of Hong Kong people, but Beijing does not seem to care. Photo: Reuters

    Why it had to be Carrie

    - Mar 24, 2017 7:11pm
    Just in case anyone has forgotten the reason why the public is excluded from participating in the so-called Chief Executive election it is worth remembering, as the grey men have remembered, the outcome of the last...
  • At the results announcement, Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar emphasized how difficult things are and spoke of the need for economies.
Photo: Bloomberg

    Has Cathay Pacific lost its mojo?

    - Mar 17, 2017 4:14pm
    What on earth is going on at Cathay Pacific Airways? Once a much loved iconic Hong Kong company, it is now facing criticism from a growing number of its customers and is shrouded in a feeling...
  • CY Leung should learn to accept the fact that people holding high positions must be ready for high degree of scrutiny and criticism. Photo: CNSA

    Memo to CY Leung: Get over it

    - Mar 10, 2017 6:30pm
    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is upset as he feels people are saying unkind things about him, things which may not even be correct. Most politicians understand that the burden of criticism is something that comes with...
  • Carrie Lam will "win" this election but it will be a hollow victory and she can forget about claiming that she has won the people’s mandate. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Carrie Lam can only look forward to a pyrrhic victory

    - Mar 3, 2017 6:30pm
    It seems that the democrats have finally learned something about tactics, with the result that they managed to have an impact on the alleged chief executive election that has impressively undermined this rigged process. There are,...
  • Carrie Lam is shown with her older son Jeremy, the only family member who showed up in her campaign. Lam Siu-por (inset) wrote Carrie Lam a letter on Valentine's Day. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook/Carrie Lam

    How politicians use their families… yes Carrie, you too

    - Feb 17, 2017 6:30pm
    Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. According to Carrie Lam’s publicity machine, her husband Lam Siu-por wrote her a Valentine message stressing his belief that she could make a great contribution to the “one country,...
  • How can it be that John Tsang (left) and Carrie Lam so fundamentally disagreed with some government policies, yet remained in office while those policies were being introduced? Photo: HKEJ

    What the phony election campaign has inadvertently revealed

    - Feb 10, 2017 6:30pm
    The Carrie Lam Selection Process, which is described by some people as the Chief Executive Election, has thrown up some remarkable insights into how Hong Kong has been governed under the leadership of Leung Chun-ying. These...
  • As matters stand, Beijing has already decided who will win the "election". Unless Carrie Lam does something incredibly stupid, she will be installed in office. Photo: HKEJ

    Current election farce could have been worse

    - Feb 3, 2017 6:30pm
    Where would we be now if the democrats had gone along with the constitutional reform proposals contained in the infamous 831 resolution of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee? The answer is that we would be...
  • Country parks provide the green lung that helps the city breath and have endowed the SAR with a priceless asset. Photos: HKJE, HK Government

    Housing: The big lie

    - Jan 27, 2017 6:30pm
    Every year, for the past several years, Hong Kong has had the dubious distinction of topping the international league table for the least affordable housing. The latest report from Demographia, which looks at housing costs in...
  • Most of the items discussed by CY Leung had already been trailed or announced so the annual address was little more than an exercise in consolidation. Photo: HKEJ

    Time to end the policy address farce

    - Jan 20, 2017 6:30pm
    What exactly is the point of the policy address? There is a point to having an annual policy statement and there is most definitely a reason for it to be presented for discussion in Legco but...
  • Women power: (From left) Carrie Lam, Audrey Eu and Regina Ip. The pan-democratic camp can field a candidate like Eu not to win but to use the election to argue the democrats' case in full. Photo: HKEJ

    To vote or not to vote – that is the question

    - Jan 13, 2017 6:53pm
    Having scored quite a remarkable success in the largely rigged election committee polls, the pan-democrats, who account for a quarter of the committee’s membership, are faced with an exquisitely difficult choice of what to do now....

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